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MEISTER Project has come to an end


After 42 months of hard work in MEISTER, and a COVID-19 crisis in between, all the technical developments have been tested in seven innovative business cases in the three pilot sites: Málaga (Spain), Berlin (Germany), and Stockholm (Sweden); obtaining really good results in all of them.
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The city of Berlin has successfully implemented (1) a carsharing service with four electric cars in the districts of Meriendorf and Falkenberg. Thanks to the project, this service has been tested in the outskirts of the city, which are normally left out of these services. More than 216 registered users, more than 850 trips, and more than 25,000 km mean that the Gewobag housing company is going to extend the demonstration for another year!

In addition, the installation of (2) digitally controllable parking barriers in combination with charging infrastructure in four semi-public parking slots has been successfully tested in the neighbourhood of Kreuzberg. More than 100 registered users and 350 reservations could demonstrate this solution that aims to prevent the misuse of parking places with charging points and increase the accessibility of charging points through digitalization.
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A different approach for the same purpose has been tested in Málaga. In this case, (3) an intelligent camera system that detects if the parking slots are free or occupied has been the technology solution chosen to increase the cost-efficiency of the charging infrastructure and the parking & charge Electric Vehicle (EV) user's confidence. This solution connected to the mobile app informs EV users to avoid wasted trips and helps the Charging Point Operator (CPO) and the owner of the facility (restaurant, hotel, etc.) to better manage the charging points and the associated parking slots.
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In Málaga, the (4) carsharing service with municipal electric cars has been a complete success. More than 76 workers (more than 400 trips) have been able to use four city council's electric cars for their private use outside the working hours. Thus, reducing the use of private cars (78’3 gCO2/km saved per use), optimizing the use of the municipal fleet, and helping to raise awareness of electromobility among the citizens, who have shown willingness to reduce the number of vehicles at home if this service is maintained in the future.
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Málaga has also implemented new technologies and solutions for a more sustainable (5) last-mile logistics distribution with EVs. The two largest logistics operators in the city have tested the new loading and unloading spaces for EVs, the CUDE, and the technological solutions for booking and managing these spaces. They have confirmed that thanks to the experience in MEISTER they aim to double their fleet of EVs by 2023.
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Finally, in Stockholm, thanks to the MEISTER project, the eldercare department succeeded to introduce environmental criteria in the upcoming fleet procurements. The project has shown that (6) EVs are a viable solution for municipal homecare services (despite minimal time for charging).

In addition, the operation of the (7) MEISTER Smart Charging and Storage Platform has been successfully demonstrated in 22 charging points in central Stockholm. More than 100 power steering requests from the Distribution System Operator (DSO) have been carried out. The CPOs could offer their capacity as the flexibility to the DSO and the DSO could mitigate peak power consumption. This use case lays the foundations for the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) in the city.
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In total, the project has involved more than 487 new EV users, saved more than 50 tons CO2, and established the basis for a deeper behavioral change in shared mobility and reservation charging schemes, e.g. In addition, Smart Charging technologies and services are ready to become more relevant in the near future. MEISTER has made a breakthrough in the quest to break down the barriers to electromobility!

The European eMobility Expertise Centre beyond MEISTER

The European eMobility Expertise Centre (EeMEC) is another of the results achieved on the MEISTER project. The objective of the EeMEC is to become a reference support centre open to the participation of European cities, e-mobility stakeholders, universities, research centres and other organizations. It is a non-profit organization created to facilitate the transferability of best practices of the various cities leading e-mobility in Europe, to other European local governments. It is a technical, legal, and financial support centre, as well as a tool, which facilitates engineering and consultancy companies to offer their services to local governments in urban planning regarding e-mobility.
EeMEC currently has eight members, including two public entities. All eight members are MEISTER project partners and it is also expected to incorporate external entities in the near future.
On February 23rd, 2022, the first EeMEC webinar (“Driving the future of eMobility. Best Practices from 3 EU Cities”) was held to share the experience from MEISTER cities and also to promote the services of the centre. The replay is available here.


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If you work to push the electromobility ecosystem, we would like to invite you from here to join the EeMEC and get involved in the activities and benefits of all the services it offers. Just enter some data about your entity in the registration form that you will find on www.eemec.eu. The EeMEC is waiting for you!

Sharing lessons learnt

MEISTER’s library

The seven Full Business Cases and the five products developed within MEISTER have been gathered in a handbook in order to transfer the knowledge and provide guidance to help cities and different e-mobility stakeholders in the large-scale deployment of electromobility. The MEISTER Replication, Market Uptake, and Deployment Handbook is available here!

MEISTER has left behind lasting resources, worth sharing with the whole of the e-mobility community:
- Brochure
- Results poster
- Scientific publications
- Studies
- Public reports
- Webinars
- Videos
- Overview presentation
- Tool kit
- Handbook

Some conclusions from MEISTER partners

Now, thanks to the MEISTER solutions the existing charging infrastructure can be used in a more optimized way than in 2018. Stakeholders are also ready for the associated flexibility services in the future. In addition, thanks to the e-car sharing business cases tested, now more people are convinced of the benefits of electromobility. For EV users, MEISTER brings confidence in the use of the charging infrastructure and the possibility to charge everywhere without tedious procedures. For non-EV Users, MEISTER gave them the opportunity to know this technology and save money and CO2 thanks to the e-car sharing services in Berlin and Málaga.”
Ángel Moya – ETRA
Over the course of MEISTER, it became pretty clear that the use of electric cars is not a question of “if” but of “when”. MEISTER has been the starting point to rethink our tenant’s mobility needs. With E-Carsharing as a housing service, we developed and successfully tested a mobility product that is environmentally friendly, accessible, and affordable.”
Richard Kemmerzehl – Gewobag
MEISTER is also a flagship project on how cities and public administrations play a key role in shifting to sustainable urban mobility. MEISTER has demonstrated that its solutions can be transferred to cities across the EU, foster political commitment, and boost collective expertise. In this sense, MEISTER has shared achievements among the CIVITAS community, in which is a member, but also has been involved in the different CIVITAS activities focused on making sustainable and smart urban mobility a reality for all in Europe and beyond”.
Raquel Castán – ETRA
“MEISTER has allowed validating new business models to boost the use of electromobility in urban areas. These Business Models could be replicated in other cities and the local authorities will be able to use a handbook with the methodology implemented during the project.
MEISTER has been an opportunity for Novadays to acquire knowledge in how to deploy electromobility in urban areas, and develop business cases working closely with local authorities, technological partners, research, and development institutions, among other stakeholders.
The electromobility has a positive impact from a socio-economic point of view and the collaboration between public and private entities is needed for large-scale deployment.” María Izaguirre – Novadays
Our impact analysis found that the use of e-mobility considerably reduced relative carbon emissions in all of the business cases we studied. The people who used MEISTER services were able to significantly reduce their mobility costs relative to the use of a private car with a combustion engine. We also found that the acceptance of e-mobility could be increased – particularly, with the help of the MEISTER apps. The smart parking and charging systems developed in MEISTER provided the participating municipalities with a tool that could successfully prevent electric vehicle charging from limiting the availability of parking spaces.
Maxim Blankschein – IKEM

After MEISTER

Not everything ends after the MEISTER completion. New horizons open up for their partners!

In Berlin, Gewobag will continue offering the e-carsharing as a housing service for another extra year due to the good results in MEISTER. The service is also being included in Gewobag’s portfolio. In addition, the smart park and charge service that was integrated into the MEISTER Neighbourhood App to provide the service of reservation of parking spots at charge points will be included in further App development of VMZ.

Málaga city is working to increase the number of electric vehicles in the municipal fleet and establish the e-car sharing service for employees in other city council areas in order to optimize the fleet (amortizing the purchase of the new vehicles). Málaga Municipality is currently preparing a procurement of EVs. These new EVs will be models with a higher range. Besides, the logistic operator SEUR has shown interest to continue using some of the developments carried out in Málaga and continues testing new technologies and innovative business models that make the last-mile distribution greener and more cost-efficient. In addition, SEUR is going to increase its electric fleet by 2023. The smart park and charge service integrated into the MEISTER App for EV Drivers and tested in Málaga will be included in further app developments of ETRA.
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In Stockholm, the city has introduced environmental criteria in the procurement of homecare services in order to increase the use of EVs in the private providers’ fleet. The requirement came into force in January 2022. It means that new vehicles that are used for the delivery of home care services must not be older than six years. Stockholm anticipates high-paced electrification of the municipal fleet and the transport sector in general in the next few years.
In addition, as the production of EV models and the installation of EV chargers that supports Vehicle-to-Grid will increase in the following years, the MEISTER Smart Charging and Storage platform tested in Stockholm will be ready for this challenge.

EeMEC will continue with its activities in the following areas: Internal growth and recruiting new members and collaborators, organization of relevant events in the e-Mobility field, matchmaking and other networking activities, academic publications, joint research and development activities, promotion of the latest developments in electromobility, commercial activities, the share of experiences from present and future clients, endorse and certificate electromobility products and services before third parties, online and social media presence, and internal evaluation and updating the website with information on all the aforementioned activities.

MEISTER results will be presented at events by the partners. Indeed, MEISTER representatives will participate in the development of the CIVITAS ELEVATE e-course “Charging infrastructure for e-mobility" which will take place after the summer of 2022. Thus, this action will allow the dissemination of the project outputs and tools.

The MEISTER website and Twitter will keep active. Thus, any update related to the exploitation of MEISTER tools but also relevant news and events about electromobility will be posted. As well as, on its social networks. Besides, the CIVITAS website will serve also as a repository of all the MEISTER resources.

A warm thank you!

Thank you for all your support during all these years. See you soon.

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